This virtual seminar series focuses on technical topics related to terrorism risk assessment, modelling and mitigation.

The emphasis of the seminar series is on technical (STEM-related) aspects of this area, rather than social or political topics. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • blast modelling and response;
  • IEDs;
  • vehicles as weapons;
  • CBRN;
  • big data for risk assessment, security and screening;
  • mitigation measures.

Specific examples of topics included in the series range from single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) analysis methods for blast response to modelling the use of vehicles as weapons via vehicle-dynamics models.

Participants in the series come from various academic, research and industrial organisations, including several universities and world-wide industry partners. The focus of the seminar series is in technical, STEM-related areas of counterterrorism research, but participants may have relevant expertise in a wide variety of subject areas, ranging from engineering to insurance.

Seminars have no security classification and are open to guests from bona fide organisations; we encourage external guests with appropriate affiliations to attend.

The series is currently held in a virtual format. Face-to-face or hybrid formats may be considered in the future.

Upcoming seminars   

Gram-scale explosions to inform numerical modelling and FREM development (Dr Adam Dennis and Dr Dain Farrimond Farley) - 25 March 2024

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Previous seminars 

The application of simulation in the development and integration Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (Dr Jon Farley) - 29 January 2024

Full-scale tests subjected to blast loading (Dr María Chiquito) - 12 December 2023

Capability Management – a framework for managing the impact of terrorism (Stephen Johnson) - 23 November 2023

An overview of research on blast interaction with structures (Dr Obed Isaac) – 31 October 2023

CBRN knowledge management in the digital age (Dr Robert Gordon) – 20 September 2023

Safety of electrical grids against cyber-attacks (Dr Shailendra Singh) – 19 June 2023

Comparing current and emerging blast analysis software in the far field (Alastair Chester) – 23 May 2023

Behaviour of timber elements and connections subjected to blast loading (Prof Ghasan Doudak and Dr Christian Viau) – 20 April 2023

Home-Made Explosives (HME): How to understand the threats and model the risk? (Lt Col Francis Halleux, Cranfield University) – 20 March 2023

Leakage of Blast into Structures - Are We Overestimating the Risk? (Alex Eytan, Cranfield University) – 22 February 2023

Computational approaches to genetic engineering attribution – 18 January 2023

Viper::Blast - an introduction to modern blast CFD – 8 December 2022

Towards trustworthy machine learning methods – 11 November 2022

Accurate, fast and simplistic predictions of blast loads on buildings – 17 October 2022

CRIM-TRACK - portable sniffer for the detection of illicit chemicals – 1 September 2022

Development of quick-running methods for predicting blast loading in complex environments – 11 July 2022

Reasons that historical data underestimates the CBRN threat and what to do about it – 16 June 2022

Crossbows - an emerging threat? – 9 May 2022

Development of the Pitagone F11 rapid deployment system – 11 April 2022

Terrorism risk models in the insurance sector – 3 March 2022

SDOF analysis methods for blast response – 8 February 2022

Automated hostile vehicle vector analysis – 18 January 2022

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Related academics

Chair, Dr Shaun Forth
Acting Secretary: Dr Erik Pickering
Secretary, Dr Stephanie Burrows

Technical Committee

Impact, Dr Rachael Hazael 
CBRN, Dr David Crouch 
Risk and Resilience, Dr Anastasia Filippidou
Big Data, Dr Adam Zagorecki
Vehicles, Ajay Kumar